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palsa

[ pahl-suh ]
/ ˈpɑl sə /
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noun, plural pal·sen [pahl-suhn]. /ˈpɑl sən/. Geology.
a mound of earth pushed up by or formed near the edge of a glacier, found in alpine and Arctic areas.
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Origin of palsa

First recorded in 1940–45; from German or directly from Swedish pals(e), from Finnish palsa “peat knob in a bog, hillock in the tundra,” from Sami
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